Patience may not sound sexy, fun, or trendy, but this powerful quality can bring about the most profound inner peace.
Imagine what it would feel like to be imperturbable. Envision yourself with a serene heart that meets chaos with understanding. This would be the outcome of cultivating patience.
Patience may seem impossible at first. Let’s face it, the twists and turns of modern life can, at times, confound even strong souls.
But every moment of patience rewards you with a moment of peace. Keep with it and like a tumble weed, your sense of humor, space, and ease will expand exponentially until finally very little disturbs you at all.
Here are some of my favorite quotes to help you (and me) nourish patience and all its marvelous companion qualities too.
21 Inspiring Quotes to Inspire Patience, Peace, and Perseverance
- “Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.” ― Molière
- “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
- “The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.” ― Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die
- “Patience is power.
Patience is not an absence of action;
rather it is “timing”
it waits on the right time to act,
for the right principles
and in the right way.” ― Fulton J. Sheen
- “Why is patience so important? Because it makes us pay attention.” ― Paulo Coelho
- “Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.” ― Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad
- “Experience has taught me this, that we undo ourselves by impatience. Misfortunes have their life and their limits, their sickness and their health.” – Michel de Montaigne
- “Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they.” – Leonardo da Vinci
- “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?” – William Shakespeare, Othello
- “Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” – Robert H. Schuller
- “I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.” – Paulo Coelho
- “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.” – Saint Francis de Sales
- “We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.” – Helen Keller
- “I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke, ”
- “Patience gives your spouse permission to be human. It understands that everyone fails. When a mistake is made, it chooses to give them more time that they deserve to correct it. It gives you the ability to hold on during the rough times in your relationship rather than bailing out under the pressure.” ― Stephen Kendrick,
- “This is one more piece of advice I have for you: don’t get impatient. Even if things are so tangled up you can’t do anything, don’t get desperate or blow a fuse and start yanking on one particular thread before it’s ready to come undone. You have to realize it’s going to be a long process and that you’ll work on things slowly, one at a time.” ― Haruki Murakami,
- “Try looking at your mind as a wayward puppy that you are trying to paper train. You don’t drop-kick a puppy into the neighbor’s yard every time it piddles on the floor. You just keep bringing it back to the newspaper.” ― Anne Lamott,
- “Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind.” ― David G. Allen
- “The first lesson to learn is to resign oneself to the little difficulties in life, not to hit out at everything one comes up against. If one were able to manage this one would not need to cultivate great power; even one’s presence would be healing.” ― Hazrat Inayat Khan
- “If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?” ― Rumi
I must confess my tendency to impatience. I like things to happen quickly. For example, when I’m ready to go, I want to go.
At the same time, I’ve seen the way impatience spoils a personal interaction in a flash, triggering anything from feeling out-of-sorts to frustration to full blown fights. Impatience leads no where positive, that’s for sure.
I’ve been working on patience with my whole heart for awhile, but still have a ways to go. I would like to develop all the magical qualities associated with patience, who wouldn’t!
Due to its magic and power, I’ve chosen patience as the theme for the November Joyful Wisdom Letter and Circle. Together, we’ll explore patience from both an ordinary and sublime perspective. I’ll share practical exercises to help us grow more spacious, as well as tips on how to calm the mind. The Joyful Wisdom Letter and Circle is all about befriending your thoughts and emotions, cultivating positive qualities, and coming to know your true self. It’s about mastering your mind so you find more joy, peace, and freedom. Won’t you join us? Learn more here.
Does patience elude you or have you found peace through patience? I would love to hear.
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